I was not able to sleep last night because of how noisy my pet stick bugs were. Call me weird if you want, but I am the proud momma of 30 stick bugs at the moment. I’m working on raising my third generation of stick bugs in my room.
The specific species of stick bugs that I own are scientifically called Baculum extradentatum and originate from Vietnam. They are tropical insects that seem pretty boring on the outside, but once you have to live with them, it’s a different story.
To sum it up, they look and act like sticks. They even take up a swaying type of movement that mimics twigs in the wind. Some complain that they are boring and don’t do much after watching them for five minutes. Wrong! Once nighttime rolls around and the lights go out, it’s party time in stick bug land.
Stick bugs are nocturnal. It’s easy for predators such as birds to spot sticks moving around during the day, so they do their business when it’s dark. This video shows a very large stick bug, but is a perfect example of how they look and move.
I pack the terrarium with rose leaves, their food of choice. The problem is, when the leaves start to dry out even the slightest bit, you can hear every crunch, bite and rustle made. Imagine lying in bed trying to catch some Zzz’s when all you hear is “crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch,” in your ear. Continue reading